Altura Mining has reported a strong quarterly increase in sales from its Pilgangoora lithium operation in Western Australia, ending with a record shipment to date totalling 13,700 dmt.
Current quarter sales of 38,600 dmt to the end of June 2019, represents a strong increase from previous quarters, with positive feedback from offtake customers regarding product quality.
Altura reports that plant performance has “continued to improve with steady increases in both production capacity and recoveries”. During the month of June daily production of up to 815 tonnes of spodumene concentrate in a 24-hour period has been reached, compared to a target of 640 tonnes per day.
Overall lithium metal recovery for June has increased from the May result of 62 per cent with month to date recoveries averaging 68 per cent. The focus, however, remains on bringing the recovery levels closer towards the 80 per cent target.
The Company remains confident it is on a clear pathway to achieving nameplate production.
Commenting on the continued advances in operations Altura Managing Director, James Brown, said that Altura was delighted with the continued progress towards achieving nameplate production and recoveries.
“We are seeing better consistency across the operation with the performance of the plant close to where we expect it to be on a steady-state basis.
“The production performance has resulted in strong quarterly sales with June currently on track to better the May production record. Feedback from offtake customers continues to be positive with our shipments consistently delivering SC6.0-quality concentrate with low iron, low mica and optimal moisture content.”